15 January 2020 Share
I read quickly. I don’t always remember as much detail as I would like, but that doesn’t mean to say that I completely miss the messages in books or can’t get into the minds of the characters. I have tried to slow down my reading, but how can you when you desperately need to find out what happens to a friend of yours as that book character has become in a short time?
All the books on the YA list allow readers to feel and understand other perspectives and emotions. All are immensely readable and enjoyable stories in their own right. All are well written by some established authors and some by newer talent to watch out for. A favourite of mine is a verse novel with two very strong protagonists. A novel new to me and one of the last I read proved an unexpected treasure as I sat there at night sobbing at the ending. We hope for the younger readers it will widen their vocabulary around being able to express their feelings and for all ages to know they are not alone in experiencing situations which may be difficult to deal with helps enormously with feelings of isolation. For adults and children, these books allow us to reflect on what we have just read and on our attitude towards the characters and situations. Even as adults we can learn something about ourselves from these books.